Firefighters Recognized for Dedication, Accomplishments


Fire Chief Dave Allmon honors Robert Noblitt, the creator of Tilly the Miniature fire engine, for his exceptional design and generous contributions toward the engine.

Columbus Fire Chief Dave Allmon and Mayor Kristen Brown showed their appreciation for the City of Columbus firefighters at a dinner Friday, October 11, that celebrated the firefighters’ hard work, dedication and significant accomplishments over the past year. Chief Allmon also recognized Robert Noblitt, the creator of Tilly the miniature fire engine, and made Mayor Brown an honorary firefighter.

This year marked the first time in recent memory that a Columbus Mayor and Fire Chief formally recognized the City’s fire department and firefighters. Current Columbus firefighters were joined by retired members from the department at the dinner.

“Our firefighters have earned endless respect, admiration, community pride and appreciation,” Mayor Brown said. “On behalf of the entire community, I thank our City firefighters for their outstanding and selfless service and commitment.”

Chief Allmon noted the significant accomplishments of the fire department since Mayor Brown took office, including the purchase of ice-water rescue equipment, increased training for ice-water rescue emergencies and natural disasters, and the goal of staffing a paramedic at all six fire stations 24 hours each day, every day of the week, to ensure optimal victim survivability in life threatening emergencies.

Chief Allmon recognized Mr. Noblitt for his exceptional design and generous contributions toward the construction of Tilly the miniature fire engine in 2001, which has since become a community treasure for firefighters to teach fire safety and build relationships to young residents.

The Chief also named Mayor Brown an honorary firefighter for her commitment to helping firefighters improve service to the public through investments in training and equipment. Mayor Brown expressed her sincere appreciation for the honor based on the firefighters’ hard work and the community’s admiration for them.

Chief Allmon names Mayor Brown as an honorary firefighter.

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